Monday Morning Check-In: Feeling the Heat

Good morning everyone.  I did manage to get some reading done last week and even finished a couple of books.  Then the heat wave struck and you would think that I’d just hide in the air condition and read.  Nope.  I did try to listen to an audiobook but then realized I was distracted for the second half of the book and decided to try again.  I hope to finish up that today and post a review.  I do have another short book to finish up and review before its release date next week.  Then I hope to start the ARC that I’m most excited to read before our trip to Chicago next month.

There is only one more day left in this heat wave and it is my day off so maybe I will be able to step away from the computer and actually read.  Have a great week everyone!


Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review


Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #11

Released: 1/24/17 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 310 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 



Book Synopsis:

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah…demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.

My Review:

While I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Charley Davidson series I’m ready to be done and read the last book.  I’m glad I took the time to refresh the entire series but I desperately want fresh material and to know how everything ends up!  There have been some teasers shared in the synopsis of the last book shocked me a bit as to what might have happened between book 12 and 13.  All I know for sure is that I. Need. It. Now.

Anyway, not a lot I can say that wasn’t said in my review of the print book.  I remember the plot in this one and the next better than earlier books because I read them recently.  The cliffhanger ended was a little less traumatic because I know what happens in book 12.

Overall this has been a great listen, though.  If anyone is looking for a sexy fun, hilarious audiobook for a road trip or simply while working on something I highly suggest this one.  The voice artist was truly an excellent choice for this series.

It will be a bit of a wait before I can get book 12.  I’m something like number 16 in line for four copies.  I should be able to finish it well before 2019 when the last book is slated for release but I might be a month or two before I can finish the reread.

My Rating: 5 Stars

What I’m Reading Wednesday

This Wednesday I’m Reading…

The Howling Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11) Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1)

The Howling is an ARC that comes out later this month by an author I’ve enjoyed in the past but haven’t read in quite some time because she ventured away from the paranormal genre.  I’ve taken a peek at the rating and I’m a bit concerned that this book won’t be one I enjoy.  I’m going to give it a try however and hope that I’m one that this book works for.  If it doesn’t then you probably won’t be seeing it mentioned again on the blog.

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight is my audiobook selection this week.  I’m almost finished with my audiobook reread of the series and about half done with this book.  I’m also ready for the last book to release because I am craving a fresh story in this world.  The last two books were ones that I read recently so the story stands out the most in my memory.  Going to need to keep my eye out for the last ARC drop as they tend to release them pretty early for this series.

Wild Hunger is the spin-off Chicagoland Vampires series that I was super excited to be approved for.  I’ve not started this one yet and it doesn’t release until August but my husband and I are planning a trip to Chicago in July so I thought it would be fun to start this before then.

In all actuality, I’m just happy to be reading anything this Wednesday as much of the month has been fairly book free.  I did force myself to get serious about breaking the dry spell and spent the past to evenings in bed with a book and what do you know I actually finished one.  Look for that review next week.

Top Ten Tuesday: Have book will travel

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

June 12: Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

I imagine we have done variations on the travel topic for TTT in the past.  Not feeling very creative today,  I’m trying to finish up an audiobook, I’ve decided to pick two locations that I enjoy visiting and share the books that make me long for those locations.  I’ve visited Turkey and Chicago the most so I’ll try to find five for each.

Ten books that make me long for…

  1. Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints Turkey: This is a non-fiction book about the author’s summer spent in Turkey.  It was an interesting and fairly good example of travel in Turkey a few years ago.  With the current government and war raging in Syria I cannot recommend going their anytime soon.  I suggest living vicariously through books like this one.
  2.  Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, #1) Chicago:  If you have ever seen the movie V.I. Warshawski this is the book series the movie was based upon.  I enjoyed the series before moving onto paranormal books.  Set in Chicago these books were a lot of fun to read as V.I. took us around the city.  I always suggest them to fans of the city.
  3. The Bastard of Istanbul Turkey: Such a beautiful cover featuring the traditional Turkish tile. This is written by a Turkish author who does a great job of capturing the city in which she lives.  Also, a little bit of the controversy between Turks and the Armenian minority of the country.
  4.  The Time Traveler's Wife Chicago:  I’ve mentioned this book many times in my TTT lists.  Another reason I enjoy the story is that it takes place in Chicago and features many of the landmarks that I am familiar with.
  5. My Name Is Memory Turkey:  This is a time-travel reincarnation story that includes several locations in Turkey as its plot unfolds.
  6. Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1) Chicago: Not the typical type of romance story that I pick up but I was in need of an audiobook one week and saw that this one takes place in Chicago.
  7. The Oracle of Stamboul Turkey: a beautiful historical book set in Istanbul that sweeps one away to the age of sultans in a city that was the crossroads of civilization.  It was a wonderful way to explore the streets of Stamboul.
  8. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicago:  Probably my favorite series set in Chicago!  Love this one so much that I’ve made plans to visit some of the locations and food mentioned by the author.
  9. Cybele's Secret (Wildwood, #2) Turkey:  This is another historical book set in Istanbul but also takes us to a region of Turkey I’ve never been to.  The Black Sea coast was never up on my list of must-see in Turkey but this book makes me think it might be worth a trip.
  10. When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, #1) Chicago:  This was another paranormal romance/urban fantasy series set in Chicago with some other areas around the mid-west featured as well.

Another week another list.  What books set in locations you’ve been to have you read?  Share in the comments.

The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

Book Review


The Freeze-Frame RevolutionBook Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: N/A

Released: 6/18/18 by Tachyon Publications

Pages: 192  Price: $14.95 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

She believed in the mission with all her heart.
But that was sixty million years ago.

How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you?

Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.

My Review:

I just did not get this book and struggled through most of it.  I kept wondering what was going on and so much simply didn’t make sense to me.  The last 30 pages I ended up just skimming so I most likely missed some answers to the questions I have but by the end I simply lost interest.  The only reason I finished the story was because it was so short.

My biggest issue was I never truly understood what the crew was doing out there in space.  It had something to do with gates, but gates to where?  How did they work?  Why were they being built? Oh wait I think that was explained.  Then there is the fact that they end up ‘sleeping’ for centuries at a time and mention that humanity might not even exist on Earth anymore.  So what is the point of building the gates?  This plot point struck me as unnecessary.  I think the author wanted to use it as a way to make the story interesting, but I think it would have been fine had the crew simply slept for a few years at a time.  After all we never go back to Earth or interact with any other race so there is no new technology or civilization for the crew to readjust to.

I did like Sunday and her interactions with chimp and the other crew members.  The whole mutiny plot was interesting but overshadowed by the questions I had, some mentioned above.

I wanted to like this more than I did.  I’m usually able to suspend reality while reading but this story simply brought up too many questions regarding plot and setting for me to overlook.  I’m glad I tried it and might be willing to try another title by this author.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Monday Morning Check-In: Time to Get Serious.

Alright, enough of this non-reading lifestyle.  I need to turn off YouTube, step away from Sims 3, just let the garden grow.  I need to focus on reading and not these other distractions.  Of course while I was typing this I needed to stop and deal with cows out and dig up my septic tank so it can be emptied.  The thing is I’m enjoying my two current reads, audio and print, I’m also excited about one of my review books as well.  I just need to stop being a scatter brain and focus.  I’ve noticed this in other areas of my life, however, I’m losing things around the house.  I just feel like I’m dealing with brain fog as well as hot flashes again so perhaps my current level of estrogen isn’t cutting it anymore.  I don’t know, but I’m not reading a lot currently and I’m feeling guilty over it.   Have a great week everyone.  I hope to have a book review or two for you by the end of the week.  Finger’s crossed.


House of the Rising Son by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Book Review


House of the Rising Son (Dark Hunter #22.5; The Entire Dark-Hunterverse, #28)Book Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

Book Series: Dark Hunter 22.5

Released: 1/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 115  Price: $2.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 



Book Synopsis:

The eldest son in a family of three boys, Aricles had no desire to be a soldier, even though his fighting skills were among the best in the world. He was more than content on his small Atlantean farm, living a quiet, uneventful life. But when his brother is determined to don a soldier’s uniform, Aricles joins him with a promise to their father to bring his brother home in one piece. What he never counts on is how much their new lives will forever change them, or what the risk of a forbidden love will ultimately cost him.

My Review:

This is a short story included in the Dark Bites anthology and is the origin story for Styxx and Beth.  This story is the origin of how their two souls met and fell in love.  If you have not read Styxx you will be fine as this doesn’t give anything away.  If you have read Styxx then this is a sad but interesting read to learn about how their love started.  Warning, this does not end well but then again it is not the end of their story.  The HEA comes in Styxx’s book.

It wasn’t a very long listen but it took me a bit to figure out that it was a prequel to Styxx’s book.  I thought it was interesting but have to confess that I’m simply not that into reading about sex/romance anymore.  I blame menopause.  Whatever the reason I found myself losing interest once the characters started hooking up.  If you are a fan of the series though you will want to add this one to your list as it will add to the broader overall scope of the world.  Just be prepared for heartbreak.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Might Try Again…



Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

June 5: Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly

I’m not one to suffer through a book that I’m not enjoying so my list of DNFed titles is mighty long.  That being said it wasn’t until recently that I started keeping track of the books I didn’t finish.  So the pool of books to pull from for this week isn’t as great as it could be. For this list, I am going to be selecting titles that I might want to try again in the future.  Perhaps when I’m more in the mood for that type of book.

Ten books that I DNFed but might try again someday.

  1. Probability Moon (Probability, #1)  This was the first book by this author that I struggled with.  Granted I’ve not read a ton of her work but what I have read I’ve enjoyed.  I still have this book and the next two in the trilogy at home so I might give this one a second chance.
  2. The Magicians (The Magicians #1)  I have given this book two shots to impress me already.  Once in print and once in audio.  There is just something about it that keeps pulling me back to give it one more chance.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe I just like the cover too much.
  3. Autonomous  I’m not the only one to DNF this title if the Goodreads comments are accurate.  I must confess that I didn’t give this one as many pages to impress me that I usually do.  I simply wasn’t feeling it.  If I do come across it through Overdrive, however, I sure will give it one more chance.  After all, Wil Wheaton sure seemed to enjoy it.
  4. Kiss of Temptation (Deadly Angels, #3)  I liked book one and book two in this series and then book three started to rub me the wrong way and I DNFed it.  Instantly regretting having bought it and the next book in the series already.  I might give this one another chance just so I don’t feel guilty for having bought the next book.
  5. Spells of Blood and Kin  I actually gave a short explanation as to why this one didn’t work.  Basically, I was bored.  Might work better in audio format where I can work on a project while listening.
  6. Awakened (Eternal Guardians, #8) I felt so bad about not enjoying this book and DNF that I never deleted the ARC off my Nook.  It never expired so I kept it in hopes that I would eventually finish it someday.
  7. The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) I so wanted to love this book.  I so respect and adore this author that I simply can’t believe I didn’t enjoy this book.  It was just so uneventful and serious.  I just couldn’t finish it but maybe I can try again with the audiobook if someone fun narrates it.
  8. The Veil (Devil's Isle, #1)  I LOVE Chloe Neill!  Much like the last book I can’t believe this book didn’t work for me.  I love the Chicagoland Vampires series but this was just not the same.  Not that it should have been but I couldn’t get through it.
  9. Dragon Storm (Dragon Falls, #2) I don’t know why I couldn’t get into this book.  I think it might be a case of changing reading taste.  I feel bad because I have the complete series sitting on my nook waiting for me.  I just couldn’t stand the fluffiness of it.  Need to wait for a time when I’m in the mood for silly.
  10. Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) And now for an example of why it pays to try again sometimes.  I did not like this book in print format.  The way the book was structured didn’t work for me.  Reading a bunch of redacted government files was not my idea of a good time.  When I decided to try the audiobook, however, I couldn’t believe it was the same story!  There were different narrators for each character and the plot came to life.  I was so into this series that I put in a review request for the last book and was able to finish it in the print format.

What books have you DNFed lately?  Any titles on this list that you want to rally for me to try again?  Share in the comments.

Monday Morning Check-In: Busy Week

Good Monday morning everyone.  We had some beautiful weather here in Eastern Iowa over the weekend and the husband and I managed to get the rest of the garden planted.  I also brought home a new hammock that I hope to spend many hours reading in this summer.  Not a lot of reading done this weekend.  I gave up on an audiobook that just wasn’t my type of book.  I know the dark murder thrillers are all the rage but I’m not a fan.  I don’t want to be inside someone’s head as they plan to abduct, rape, and then kill someone.  No thank you.

This week is going to be awfully busy.  Tomorrow is the primary day in Iowa and I’m in charge of my local polling place so it will be a long slow day.  Hey, I might get some reading done.  Since I’m in charge though I will be going to pick up everything today and dropping it off on Wednesday before work.  Thursday I have a county fair meeting and the last two days will be work, I think, I forgot to write down my schedule for the rest of the week…

Hope the weather is as lovely for you where you are today and have a great week!  If you live in Iowa please go out and vote tomorrow.  Primaries are even more important than general elections as it decides who gets to run for each seat.

Month in Review: May 2018

Month in Review

Read this month: 3 Books, 1,009 Pages 

Read this year: 41 Books, 10,242 Pages 

A Visit from the Goon Squad Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7) River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)

Looking Back:

Wow, that was a crappy month of reading.  All audiobooks and only one new one to boot.  I’m not going to dwell on it and simply move forward.  Much of this month was taken up by gardening as we moved from winter straight into summer and we needed to play catch-up with yard work.  I have also been distracted by YouTube and playing Sims 3 which isn’t the end of the world either.  Sometimes you simply need to take a break.  I’m 11 books from my goal and I know I will return to reading once these other interests lose their appeal.  Introduced a new weekly post of What I’m Reading Wednesday, which I missed this week because I was busy planning for the summer reading program.  Sorry about that, but I didn’t do much reading anyway…

Looking Ahead:

I hope to get some more reading in.  I am working the polls next week and thought to take some knitting but I might just take a book or two instead.  I might need to buy some new Bluetooth headphones as mine are not working right.  That’s why I didn’t get many audiobooks listened to while working in the yard.  I hate being tethered to my phone because the cord gets in the way.  I’m not making any promises for this month as summer can be busy outside.

Happy Reading ~Amy